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Latest Committee News

At our committee meeting last night (27th February), two important decisions were made of interest to members.

timthumbFirstly, we co-opted Tony Porter as our Track & Field Team Manager responsible for the teams in the Midland Veterans Track & Field Team. Tony volunteered after my appeal for someone to come forward and more details will be available very soon.

Secondly, we unanimously agreed to go ahead and join the British Masters Athletic Federation online entry system. Once set up, members will be able to pay their subscriptions online and be able to update and amend their profile themselves. Eventually, probably gradually phased in, we will also be able to offer an online entry for our events. Integrating with the BMAF means that members will not be able to enter BMAF or International events without being a paid up member.

Maintaining this online database will drastically reduce the administration work involved with membership issues and will make handovers easier to succeeding officers.

Further details will be available soon.

Final Appeal for Team Manager

urgent2This is one last appeal to all 1st Claim Members of Midland Masters AC for one of you to come forward to act as a Team Manager for the Track & Field team that is due to compete in the Midland Veterans T&F League during the 2013 season. It is imperative that we have someone who can gather a team together and look after things at each event. Plenty of help will be given with regards which members are eligible to compete including those from Road Running Clubs who have registered as 1st Claim to us for T&F only. League fees are quite expensive and MMAC just cannot justify to the rest of the membership our continued participation in this league if no one comes forward. I emailed ALL 1st Claim Members on the 8th December 2012 and on the 5th February 2013 and only 50% bothered to access the email and so far no one has volunteered. I am no longer willing to spend my time on this and as a last resort I am re-producing my last email on this post below …

To: All 1st Claim Members on email and MMAC Committee

Further to Tony Crocker’s letter circulated to all 1st Claim members (email only) on the 8th December 2012. Only 50% were opened so I am hoping this email reaches more, please allow images, this is important.

This is the final appeal for a 1st Claim Member to come forward to act as a Team Manager for our Track & Field team in the Midland Veterans T&F League.

Tony Crocker has resigned from this position and in future will compete in a combined Kidderminster & Stourbridge AC/Droitwich AC team in 2013. It is extremely important that we can fill this vacancy BEFORE THE 27TH FEBRUARY 2013, which is the date of our next committee meeting and where a decision will be made whether to continue in the league.

Anyone interested will be allowed to have a full list of eligible athletes which will include the members from road running clubs who have been authorised to compete for MMAC as 1st Claim Track & Field only. They will of course get any help to get started.

This is the last chance saloon I’m afraid. If no one comes forward then we will have to pull out of the league and we will have lost the competition that your Club should give you under our constitution.

Any who feels they can help, please contact me on mmac.sec@blueyonder.co.uk as soon as possible.

I look forward in anticipation.

Tom Morris – General & Membership Secretary

The Colin Simpson Memorial Handicap

Our annual handicap, now renamed The Colin Simpson Memorial Handicap in honour of our late golden_runnerTreasurer, takes place on the 3rd March within the Centurion Grand Prix Race Series. The closing date for entries is strictly the 21st February 2013. For all details and entry form, please go to http://tinyurl.com/6thbsz7 

Members who are already registered for the Centurion GP series MUST fill in and send off the entry form for the handicap with the reduced entry fee or the will NOT be included in the results.

MMAC XC Championships – Results

Full results from yesterday’s Cross Country Championships can be found on the dedicated page on this website at http://tinyurl.com/95ofh96

Our President, Adrian Lloyd, presents the W35 winners medal to Kate Ransey

Our President, Adrian Lloyd, presents the W35 winners medal to Kate Ramsey

MMAC Cross-Country Championships 2013

MMAC XC Championships

announcement_clip_artFollowing postponement of our Cross Country Championships, we are happy to announce that we have re-arranged for the event to take place on the 3rd February 2013. This date is the only one we could take bearing in mind other fixtures and existing commitments of the organisers/venue etc.

For members who cannot attend the re-arranged date will you please contact Irene Nicholls on irenenn@aol.com

Those members who will be able to attend on the new date, all the existing arrangements apply, please use your race numbers and age identifiers that were sent originally.

For the members who now find that the date is free for them, then please enter using the original entry form from http://tinyurl.com/axykg9r BUT send the completed form direct to:-

Irene Nicholls, Rainbow Cottage, 15 Meadow Lane, Alvechurch, BIRMINGHAM B48 7LH

We are aware that the new date will clash with certain other events but they are at a minimum compared to any alternatives and it do not clash with any large cross country events, regional or national.

EAMA Inter-Area Indoor Challenge Match

Indoor Inter-Area Track & Field Challenge, Sunday 7th April 2013, Lee Valley Stadium, Enfield

The England Athletics Masters Association is holding an inaugural meeting between Masters Area Clubs and MMAC will, of course, wish to field the strongest team to cover all the events.

We have traditionally been very successful in the Outdoor challenge and, although at the time of publishing this item, we are not able to publish a definitive list of events it is obvious that we shall need sprinters, middle distance runners, throwers, jumpers and walkers.

If you would be willing to take part and interested in representing MMAC in a particular event we should be delighted to hear from you. As places are limited please provide up to date performance information so that we can choose the strongest possible squad.

Please send your information including your address, ‘phone number and email address to irenenn@aol.com or by post to:-
Indoor Challenge, Rainbow Cottage,15 Meadow Lane, Alvechurch, B48 &LH

Membership Subscription Reminder

Membership subscriptions are due for payment from the 1st January. If you haven’t renewed yet please go to the “Membership” Page; sub-page “Membership Renewals” for all the information.subscriptions

40th Anniversary Celebration

40th Anniversary Celebration
Our celebrations took place yesterday at the Tamworth AC’s headquarters. An afternoon of fun and frolics was planned by a small team headed by our current President, Adrian Lloyd.

The weather was kind and the forecast of light rain fortunately didn’t materialise. John Walker, our Road/ XC Secretary, organised a “Torch” Relay from Halesowen ( the place where it all began) to Tamworth, timed to perfection, arriving at the start of the meeting and ending with a lap of the track consisting of a genuine Olympic Torch and plethora of past Presidents.

Seconded at the last minute for timekeeping duties with fellow past President, Derek Fellows, we were grateful that our tasks were not too onerous. The show kicked off with a two- man Paarlauf, 12 minutes in duration. What a pity only two teams participated because once everyone had ‘sussed’ out how it worked it proved to be quite a close fought contest. A mixture of techniques was used, run 300m; jog back 100m or run 200m; jog across grass, adding to the interest.

On the track, 1 mile handicap races followed both for race walkers and runners, whilst field events consisted of long jumps and shot put plus welly wanging, the latter proving the most popular! Obstacle races and family shuttle relays rounded of the track events and a demonstration of tug- a – war being the afternoon’s highlight.

After all these efforts everyone fed themselves on jacket potatoes with various fillings and a substantial buffet.

Presentations to the winners were then carried out by Sue Kneill-Boxley, one of the organising team who sorted all the obstacle races, bouncy castle and who contributed in such a tremendous way.

With darkness falling, our Treasurer, Martin Wilkinson, and small team prepared the firework display. Wow! What a way to see off our 40th year, a really beautiful display and I’m sure Tamworth enjoyed it too!

The evening was rounded off with music and dancing.

All in all a very enjoyable and entertaining day. Congratulations to Adrian and his team for organising such a great event.

I’m off now with a little break with the family in Cornwall, so the full report with pictures will appear on the dedicated page in a couple of weeks, my apologies for this delay. But I thought it important to get this post uploaded.

Please feel free to make comments on this or the dedicated page and I’ll do my best to get them all approved before I am back in action.

Tom Morris – Secretary
1st October 2012

Become a Race Walk Judge or Coach

Midland Race Walking Association

Anyone interested in learning officiating or competing in race walking/ athletics, please check out the details below.

Thank you

Catharine Telling – Midlands RWA

2012 midlands coaching day leaflet

coaching day advert

40th Anniversary Celebrations

40th Anniversary Celebrations, 30th September 2013

2.30pm – 9.00pm

Tamworth Stadium, Marlborough Way, Tamworth B77 2HF

Please note that the advanced booking closing date has now been extended for a further week until the 23rd September 2013. RESERVATION FORM

Fun for everyone, either take part or come along for a chat.

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